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What’s Your QQ*? #402

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published December 7, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”

 

A. Henry Cabot Lodge

B. Anne Frank

C. Gwyneth Paltrow

 

2. “One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.”

 

A. Mark Twain

B. Andrew Lloyd Webber

C. Garfield

 

3. “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”

 

A. Jimmy Hoffa

B. Whoopi Goldberg

C. Stephen R. Covey

 

4. “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”

 

A. Sam Malone

B. James Cagney

C. Humphrey Bogart

 

5. “Freedom is not a luxury that we can indulge in when at last we have security and prosperity and enlightenment; it is, rather, antecedent to all of these, for without it we can have neither security nor prosperity nor enlightenment.”

 

A. Henry Steele Commager

B. Dana Carvey

C. Will Rogers

 

6. “One good husband is worth two good wives, for the scarcer things are, the more they are valued.”

 

A. Elizabeth Taylor

B. Eleanor Roosevelt

C. Benjamin Franklin

 

7. “I’m not overweight. I’m just nine inches too short.”

 

A. Wilt Chamberlain

B. Shelley Winters

C. Orson Welles

 

8. “I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.”

 

A. Ludwig van Beethoven

B. Chuck Todd

C. Alexis de Tocqueville

 

9. “Language, — human language, — after all is but little better than the croak and cackle of fowls, and other utterances of brute nature, — sometimes not so adequate.”

 

A. Nathaniel Hawthorne

B. Mikhail Baryshnikov

C. William Shakespeare

 

10. “Life consists of what man is thinking about all day.”

 

A. Ralph Malph

B. Ralph Waldo Emerson

C. Ralph Nader

 

 

 Answers: 1-B, 2-A , 3-C , 4-C , 5-A , 6-C , 7-B , 8-C , 9-A , 10-B

 Scoring:               10–QQQQ = Quote-Master   

(number correct)        8-9–QQQ = Scholar                       

                                   6-7–QQ = Literate

                                  4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                 0-3–No Q = Quote-Dunce

 

BONUS QUOTE:

 “The Wine of Life keeps oozing drop by drop, The Leaves of Life keep falling one by one.”  – Edward Fitzgerald

 (Fitzgerald, 1809-1883, was an English poet best known for his translation of “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #399

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published November 16, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “Nothing haunts us like the things we don’t say.”

 

A. Edgar Allan Poe

B. Harpo Marx

C. Mitch Albom

 

2. “The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.”

 

A. Ernest Borgnine

B. Frank & Ernest

C. Ernest Hemingway

 

3. “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”

 

A. Winston Churchill

B. Bill Clinton

C. Ray Magliozzi

 

4. “I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.”

 

A. Bill Maher

B. Mother Teresa

C. Barack Obama

 

5. “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”

 

A. Abraham Lincoln

B. Pat Robertson

C. Jimmy Carter

 

6. “I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role.”

 

A. Mitch McConnell

B. Natalie Maines

C. Eleanor Roosevelt

 

7. “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”

 

A. Napoleon Hill

B. Napoleon Dynamite

C. Napoleon Bonaparte

 

8. “Those who would give up essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary Safety deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

 

A. Henry Kissinger

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Genghis Khan

 

9. “Everything you can imagine is real.”

 

A. Pablo Picasso

B. Carl Jung

C. Woodrow Wilson

 

10. “When you were born you were crying and everyone else was smiling. Live your life so at the end, your’re the one who is smiling and everyone else is crying.”

 

A. Patrick Henry

B. Ralph Waldo Emerson

C. Perry Mason

 

 

Answers: 1-C, 2-C , 3-A , 4-B , 5-A , 6-C , 7-A , 8-B , 9- A, 10-B

 

Scoring:               10–QQQQ = Quote-Master   

(number correct)        8-9–QQQ = Scholar                       

                                   6-7–QQ = Literate

                                  4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                 0-3–No Q = Quote-Dunce

 

BONUS QUOTE:

 “People who believe they’ll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, learn it doesn’t work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.” – Neil Gaiman

 (Gaiman, b. 1960, is an English author in various genres.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #374

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published May 25, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”

A. Norman Schwarzkopf

B. Betty White

C. Dick Cheney

 

2. “I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it.”

A. David Hasselhoff

B. Eleanor Roosevelt

C. W. C. Fields

 

3. “One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can’t utter.”

A. Donald Sterling

B. Gomer Pyle

C. James Earl Jones

 

4. “The fundamental cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”

A. Forrest Gump

B. Bertrand Russell

C. Stephen Hawking

 

5. “Turn on, tune in, drop out.”

A. “Squeaky” Fromme

B. Timothy Leary

C. Casey Kasem

 

6. “There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is in the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition.”

A. Rod Serling

B. Alfred Hitchcock

C. Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

7. “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have already chosen the side of the oppressor.”

A. Vladimir Putin

B. Desmond Tutu

C. Jeb Bush

 

8. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

A. Ralph Nader

B. Ralph Lauren

C. Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

9. “Cows are my passion. What I have ever sighed for has been to retreat to a Swiss farm, and live entirely surrounded by cows -and china.”

A. Charles Dickens

B. Mao Zedong

C. Adam Sandler

 

10. “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

A. Abraham Lincoln

B. Nathan Hale

C. Paul Revere

 

 

Answers: 1-A, 2-C , 3-C , 4-B , 5-B , 6-A , 7-B , 8-C , 9-A , 10-B

 

Scoring:              10–QQQQ = Quote-Master  

(number correct)    8-9–QQQ = Scholar                      

                                  6-7–QQ = Literate

                                 4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                 0-3–No Q=Quote-Dunce

 BONUS QUOTE:

 “Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.” – James Bryce

 (Bryce, 1838-1922, was a British historian, politician. and ambassador to the United States.)

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #368

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published April 13, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

1. “Hitch your wagon to a star.”

A. Jiminy Cricket

B. Ward Bond

C. Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

2. “I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.”

A. Taylor Swift

B. Judy Garland

C. Mae West

 

3. “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?'”

A. George Bernard Shaw

B. Jules Verne

C. Davy Crockett

 

4. “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”

A. Harry Houdini

B. Woodrow Wilson

C. Barack Obama

 

5. “There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.”

A. Mahatma Gandhi

B. Geronimo

C. William Tecumseh Sherman

 

6. “Lives of great men all remind us/ We can make our lives sublime,/

And, departing, leave behind us/ Footprints on the sands of time.”

A. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

B. Arthur Treacher

C. William Shakespeare

 

7. “I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”

A. George W. Bush

B. Vincent van Gogh

C. Oliver Cromwell

 

8. “Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against.”

A. Rush Limbaugh

B. Frank Underwood

C. W.C. Fields

 

9. “I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands clean as they are empty.”

A. Thomas Jefferson

B. Bill Clinton

C. Jascha Heifetz

 

10. “We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.”

A. Jack Nicholson

B. David Letterman

C. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

 Answers: 1-C, 2-C , 3-A , 4-B , 5-C , 6-A , 7-B , 8-C , 9-A , 10-C

 Scoring:              10–QQQQ = Quote-Master  

(number correct)    8-9–QQQ = Scholar                      

                                  6-7–QQ = Literate

                                  4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                 0-3–No Q=Quote-Dunce

 

BONUS QUOTE:

“I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.― Mary Wollstonecraft

 (Wollstonecraft, 1759-1797, was an English writer and feminist philosopher.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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